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Motorola Mobility held a Q&A session at Mobile World Congress today, and while there wasn't much in the way of spectacle to coincide with the event, there were quite a few substantive announcements. For starters, the company is working on a watch that will be available some time this year. This won't be the first thing Motorola's tried to strap onto our wrists, but the company says style and battery life are two things it intends to address, and it would prefer to create a piece of jewelry rather than ugly tech. There's a chance this prototype could be an early version of the watch, but by now the company may be pursing a new concept entirely.

According to Motorola, the fast updates Moto X and Moto G owners have experienced were a direct result of its decision to provide a relatively pure Android experience, and it asserts that these updates will not slow down as a result of the sale to Lenovo. The Moto line in general appears to be safe for the time being, for the next version of the Moto X is scheduled to show up sometime in late summer.

Motorola plans to roll out Moto Maker to Western Europe (UK and Germany first, other countries TBA) and Mexico in the second quarter of this year. The company didn't rule out the possibility of more wooden backs to show up in time for launch, but don't expect them to. The Moto X itself is also coming to new markets and is scheduled to hit India and Australia in the next few weeks.

Motorola also made news by declaring what it will not do. The company won't ditch Android for another free operating system, such as Tizen, and it has no plans to develop Windows Phones.

Of course, the event also didn't go by without a few fighting words.

Source: Twitter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • usamaisawake

    Strong words, I hope they follow through. With all the recent changes sometimes I'm worried not all of it is actually under their control. I'm on AT&T waiting for 4.4.2 but I'm not stressing over it for now.

  • Milton P.

    They should continue to push harder to the industry, if so they could change the way people look at smartphones and OEMs change their minds about higher prices. They've started a great road and they should keep it and look forward without hesitation.

    • Martin

      I have Note 3, and to be honest I think I will be good and with Moto G, the price difference is huge, but it can do almost everything.. I would love to see all top phones for $300 off contract.. This will be great..

      • jonathan3579

        I have a friend who was short on cash and had to sell his Note 3 and I recommended he pick up a Moto G. So far, I've never heard a single complaint from him about it. (He was a adamant Note user..)

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          You are the exact opposite of a spam bot which goes "my friend blah blah part time blah blah cash".

          • jonathan3579

            Haha, I thought about how it sounded after I wrote it up but I decided to leave it as-is.

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    • AbbyZFresh

      With Apple and Samsung basically having a duopoly of the industry with their $600+ iPhones and Galaxies and have been so for a few years now. It's nearly impossible for Motorola to get anywhere near them. They can however catch the lower end market where Nokia still tries to dominate.

      • arrigob

        I would have to disagree. The Moto X performs just as well as those $600 phones but with less specs. If Moto can keep that up, offer a smaller price tag, continue to update their phones quickly, and offer great battery life they should be able to compete with both Apple & Samsung this year. To many, the Moto X was the smart phone of 2013.

        I remember two+ years ago when you couldn't go to a Motorola related comment section without reading numerous users stating they would never use a Motorola device again.

        Moto has really started turning their reputation around. If they can build up this new reputation and keep their new strategy in place it will take no time for the consumers to jump ship to them, many already have.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Maybe here on the net, the Moto X was the 2013 phone. The real world is much different. And i'm a Moto X owner. The fact is, people still favor high specs over anything when it comes to Android. Not just highly optimized mid-range phones like the X that was charged a ridiculous price initially.

          I haven't seen a single person out mention Motorola at all ever since the X and G came into the market since August to now.

          • arrigob

            I understand your opinion just do not agree with it. Only time will be able to tell with this. I personally feel the next Moto X will sell much better. How much better it will sell will be interesting to see. I had a large number of friends finally leave their iPhones and that was because of the Moto X. I think the Moto X has the potential to appeal to huge number if the repeat brings the same ideals but with better hardware.

  • d

    But the title says "new moto x", and there is nothing about a new moto x

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      It's going to new markets...

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      The next Moto X is due out late next summer. I've swapped out the tweets in the post for clarity.

  • Whyzor

    Shouldn't the Moto-G be promoted worldwide (being cheaper) instead of the Moto-X (more customizable, a luxury for expensive markets). Upgrade the Moto-G to 4G, maybe a replaceable battery & add a microSD, keep same pricing and it will sell like hotcakes.

    • Martin

      It is selling like hotcakes right now.. Maybe not in USA, but around the world... :-)

      • Michael J Carroll

        I thought The Moto X is only available in the US right now?

        • Martin

          We are talking about Moto G.

        • Freak4Dell

          The Moto X is available in several countries outside of the US.

          • sd

            About 5 countries other than the US

        • http://www.bloggerslounge.dk/ Kenni Odelheim

          Outside the US, Moto X is available in the UK, Germany and France.

          • jonathan3579

            Mexico and Canada as well!

          • AbbyZFresh

            And don't forget Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Why? The Moto X is generally a better phone with more features than the G.

      Better yet, why not simply promote both phones equally?

    • Debadatta Bose

      Moto G go sold out in 6 minutes in India on launch day. I was lucky to have been able to order one that day. And trust me, half of the friends I have now have a Moto G waiting for their shipment. India is really pushing Motorola's manufacturing capability to the limits.

  • supremekizzle

    I'm glad the "days of $600 phones are numbered." I really respect what Motorola has done and hope that they have a bright future despite their string of hard times. Thanks to their awesome Moto G, I was able to get my girlfriend an affordable phone that she was enamored with on V Day, and then my penis was enamored later that day....

    • mustbepbs

      Best ending of a comment.

      Penis/10

    • AbbyZFresh

      $600 phones are alive and well. Through contracts of course.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        Yeah I wouldn't say their days are numbered but It's nice to have other options. I'll be picking up a Moto G until the new Moto X is out

      • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

        Uhh, not necessarily. Carriers are moving to no contracts coupled with financing for the devices.

    • Andrew Gibson

      Absolutely well said... Lol

  • nvillaco

    Ummmm is anybody else as happy as I am here?... Yes the article talks about continuing cheap prices, Moto Maker in new markets, no Tizen, yes wearables.... But the big news is the MOTO X LIVES ON!!!

    Lenovo is not going to steer a different direction, kill the Moto X, and make a new flagship with a new Lenovo-esque identity. I love my Moto X and it's coming back for round 2 and that is huge news. Voice commands all day errr day.

    • CJ

      yessss, same dude same. really hope motomaker is available to all carriers at launch this time. i adopted the X super early but im not on AT&T so I have the basic color scheme.

      • morteum

        Agreed. I also hope they start off with decent off-contract pricing, unlike last time. By the way the Q&A went it sounds like they'll make sure it remains low cost.

    • morteum

      I am equally enthusiastic, however, keep in mind that Lenovo does not own Motorola yet- so a Moto X2 was probably on the way regardless.

      • nvillaco

        Good point. Ya when Motorola was first bought by Google, we still had to wait through 2 years worth of Moto-only phones in the pipeline before the Google-moto partnership came through in the Moto X. Maybe same scenario here? Let's hope we get another 2 years of Moto X's, not just 1.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Plus the X2 is probably a good way for Motorola to prove to Lenovo that their path of fast updates, stock android, and customization is much better in the long run. If the X2 is successful, Lenovo will have no choice to give Motorola more say in how their future phones will be made if they want to sell.

  • Proioxix

    Nokia could learn a thing or two from Motorola. Keep up the awesome work Moto.

    • AbbyZFresh

      At least Nokia knows about the importance of design. Motorola still has work to do on that part.

      • GigiAUT

        I don't know. Lenovo, maybe, but I'm pretty happy with the Moto G/X aesthetics. I can't stop looking at mine.

      • Proioxix

        The Moto G and X have great designs. The Nokia X/XL was a complete flop.

  • Guest

    If anything, we shall see what Google I/O has in store for us this year. Time to save those pennies again.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Um, Motorola isn't part of Google anymore. You won't be seeing them at I/O.

      • Scott

        They still are. The deal isn't finalized yet.

  • Freak4Dell

    Hopefully this means the new X will be priced better from the start. That was one of the biggest problems of the X's launch.

  • abobobilly

    Why are they always late, VERY late? :S

  • G0B1IN5486

    The Moto X itself is also coming to new markets and is scheduled to hit India and Australia in the next few weeks.
    OMG!! OMG!! Yay.

  • jclgan

    Why Moto Maker STILL isn't going to be available to Canadians... I haven't the slightest idea. Even worse, it's still carrier-exclusive to Rogers! I retain promising hopes for the future of Motorola... their relationship with Google produced two products that had an impact on the industry; hopefully their new acquisition will result in future shakings-up.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Rogers probably made a deal to Motorola to not include Moto Maker to sell their phones.

      And what impact on the industry did the Moto X and G exactly make? So far not much of the climate has changed since both phones released.

  • A

    I was using a nexus 4 and got the moto g as a gift (because it was so damn cheap) and now I am having a hard time letting go of the moto g and using the n4

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    MotoMaker for Mexico! That's really cool :D!

  • yeah

    The best thing about Google not owning Motorola is that their products will finally start releasing outside the US.

    • AbbyZFresh

      How exactly? I don't get it?

  • Dragonscourgex

    Moto X 2? Yes please.....I am still holding onto my judgement card to see if the sell to Lenovo was a bad thing. I really liked that fact that the phone was mostly made in America. But, if Lenovo keeps what Motorola has currently in place and keep the branding...I think Motorola will keep doing great. It will be hard for any company to knock Apple and Samsung off of their popularity thrown, but I think Motorola is working to that.

    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

      throne*

  • Andrew Gibson

    "Advertising"... that's what Motorola (Google, lenovo) need to keep the moto x successful. I have owned many android devices and iOS devices... But the moto x feels like a complete device. Its shows just how well balanced a device with hardware and software can deliver a great user experience. I truly feel for anyone that hasn't even tested this device out. My top device of 2013 and favorite daily driver. Long live moto x

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